So you have decided to convert your carport into a garage? Good enough! However ensure this is what you want. Most people prefer to convert carports into garage and ultimately end up making it a dump for all obsolete objects. I have seen ample of homes doubling a garage as an attic of sorts.
Before converting a carport into a garage, there are certain things to be mind:
How well maintained is your carport? Be honest to yourself because if the carport is not in good condition, you may end up creating a garage which isn’t that strong and long lasting.
WALL STUD MEASUREMENT:
Examine the flooring measurement of the existing carport. Usually around 2 feet of spans are required between each wall studs.
Is your carport big enough to accommodate extra equipment that will be stored once it has been converted into a garage? Measure properly and then proceed to construction calculations for extra material.
Most people like to make a “convertible garage” from an existing carport. They would want a garage during harsh weather and a carport during normal weather conditions. In that case, your material and structure will vary.
Ensure you install insulation between the interior walls of the carport and staple strong.
While you can always add the walls to the carport and make it into a garage, the main concern is always the garage door.
Similarly, if you’re turning your garage into a carport, you have to ask yourself what to do once the door is dismantled. I would suggest seeking professional help to take care of the door side wall of the garage. Your carport might look rather ugly in case the aesthetic sense isn’t minded.
Most garages have an incline on the flooring which helps in washing, water draining and repair work of the vehicle.
In case you are removing the garage walls and converting into a carport, be sure to redo the floor rather than filling concrete and leveling the floor. That looks rather shabby.
WIRING & ELECTRICITY:
Most people convert carports into garages so they can have heating/cooling for their vehicles during extreme temperature.
Be sure to have a separate circuit unit which has wires running underground. And this is irrespective whether you have a carport or garage.